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Home Allergens: What You Need To Know


Home allergens are a bunch of devious particles floating around the air that can contribute to feelings of discomfort, can lead to allergies, and can make the home dusty and smell bad.

So how do these particles get into the air?

They Come From Everywhere

Home allergens really do come from everywhere, even space. Every day, more than 100 tons of space material enters the atmosphere and breaks apart, leaving behind a trail of particles that spread across the planet. Eventually, these particles can float down to the plant’s surface and enter the home.

There are also a lot of other common sources of home allergens, like cooking. When you cook with spices or burn the casserole, microscopic particles enter the air that may wind up in the lungs. But unless you are cooking for a wedding party, these particles make up a small portion of the problematic particles in the home. Rather, skin can make up to 80% of all particles in the air.

During the day, the body can shed more than a million skin cells. Although skin is not an allergen, it is a source of food for dust mites. These microscopic arachnids leave behind a trail of enzymes as they move through the home in search of food. When those enzymes enter the body they can irritate the sensitive tissue in the bronchial tubes and lungs.

You also need to watch out for:

  • Lint
  • Mold
  • Automotive and Industrial Emissions
  • Hair Spray and Personal Care Items
  • Chemicals in furniture and fabrics
  • Perfumes
  • Synthetic Cleaners
  • Smoke

This is just a small list of what could contribute to allergens in the home. Each person’s body is a little different and will react to things he or she breathes that have no effect on someone else, like a person with a shellfish allergy, or someone that needs to be hospitalized after being stung by a bee.

Home Allergens Can Make Spending Time At Home Intolerable

If you struggle to get comfortable inside your own home, then poor indoor air quality could be to blame. Remember: it doesn’t have to be allergy season to experience any of the following symptoms of poor air quality.

  • Watery eyes
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Sore or itchy throat
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Congestion
  • Sinus pressure
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Poor concentration
  • Skin conditions

After consulting a doctor and determining that you do not have a cold, the flu, or a more serious ailment, in all likelihood you have a problem with home allergens.

These symptoms can make you feel frustrated, stressed, impact your normal sleep schedule, and even make you less productive. If this sounds like you, then it is time to take charge of your home.

Keeping The Home Clean Is Up To You

Is your house more than a home? Is it your temple? Is it a kingdom? No matter how you view the place that gives you protection and shelter, maintaining a high standard of indoor air quality should be one something that provides you with a sense of pride.

Reducing allergens in the home is as simple as creating a home allergy defense.  This is a multi-step approach to cleaning and a small change of lifestyle that will help you, family or friends from breathing stuff that you don’t want in the air.

After you check off all of these items, you will hopefully have fewer symptoms related to home allergens. But don’t stop after cleaning up the first time. Clean air is an ongoing project, because new allergens are always finding their way into the air of your home. It might take a few months to make the big impact you want, but persistence will ultimately give you the better quality indoor air you want!


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